Troy’s California Trail Runs

Placerville Path Run

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Date:Saturday, April 13, 2019
Location:Placerville, CA
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon, HM Relay
Start Time:8:00 AM

About the Race

This event is run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful historic Placerville. The path is surrounded with beautiful oak trees, rolling hills, and incredible views.

The race is held rain or shine. Strollers are allowed in the 5K, 10K, and 15K.

Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


Registration fees are as follows:

Active military receive a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $20.00 if they register by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Online registration is available through the morning of the race.



All runners in the 5K, 10K, 15K, and half marathon receive a medal for finishing the race.


Results will be posted here after the race.

Course Information

All races follow out-and-back courses heading eastward from the starting line at Mosquito Road. For each distance, the path goes up a steady 3% grade to the turnaround point, and the second half of the race is downhill all the way to the finish. The 5K, 10K, and 15K courses are run entirely on a paved bike path. The pavement ends at about 5.6 miles into the half marathon course, and the remainder of the distance to the turnaround point is run on a dirt and gravel path. The total gain in elevation for the half marathon is 1043 feet.

The 5K course turns around right before Centennial Lane.

The 10K course turns around shortly before Parkway Drive, not long after crossing Highway 50 on the foot bridge.

The 15K course turns around shortly after passing Los Trampas Drive.

The half marathon course turns around at the very end of the trail, where a chain link fence separates you from Highway 50. The pavement ends at Halcon Road.

Course Map
Placerville Path Run Course Map

The course is well-marked with signs at every intersection and turnaround location. Mile marker signs are posted for all distances.

The combined elevation profile for all four races is shown below. (Click for a larger view.)

Placerville Path Run Evelvation Profile

Aid Stations

There are three well-stocked aid stations on the course, and they are shown on the map above. The first aid station is located at the turnaround point for the 5K, and the second aid station is location at the turnaround point for the 10K. This means that 10K runners will have a total of three aid stations in their race, and 15K runners will have a total of four aid stations.

For half marathon runners, the third aid station is located at Halcon Road where the pavement ends. You will pass this at about 5.6 miles on the way up the hill and again at about 7.5 miles on the return trip down the hill. This makes a total of six aid stations for the half marathon. The relay race changes runners at this aid station on the return trip.

Plenty of refreshments are available at the finish line for all runners.

Relay Race

We have added a new two-person relay race to this year’s event. There are separate categories for teams consisting of two women, two men, or mixed. The first person in the relay runs approximately 7.5 miles, which is mostly uphill, until they reach the Halcon Road aid station for the second time after turning around at the end of the trail. The second person in the relay runs the remaining 5.6 miles, which is all downhill. The second person wears the bib number, and the first person has the same number marked on their hand.

Only one person per team needs to register for the relay race. Transportation to and from the hand-off location at the Halcon Road aid station is the responsibility of the runners.

To get to the hand-off location from the starting line on Mosquito Rd., take Broadway east to Schnell School Rd., get on Highway 50 and go east about five miles. Turn right on Camino Heights Dr. Turn left on Vista Tierra Dr, and then turn right on Camino Hills Dr. Finally, turn right on Halcon Rd, and you will see the aid station at the trail crossing.

Directions and Parking

From Highway 50 eastbound, coming from the Sacramento direction, take the Broadway exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Broadway, and then turn right again on Mosquito road, passing underneath the highway. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.

From Highway 50 westbound, coming from the Lake Tahoe direction, take the Mosquito Rd / Main St exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Mosquito Rd. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.

Race registration and check-in is located on the north side of the Placerville Station on the corner of Mosquito Rd and Clay St.

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